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History of Exchange District

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The Exchange District was part of the old City of Winnipeg when it amalgamated with surrounding municipalities to become the City of Winnipeg which came into legal existence on January 1, 1972.

The Exchange District has been recognized by the Federal Government as a National Historic Site (1997) because it illustrates, through its approximately 150 buildings and 20 blocks, the growth of Winnipeg from a fur trading post to a regional hub – the centre of transportation, civic politics, grain, financing and manufacturing.

The quality and originality of its many buildings makes it one of the most intact turn-of-the-century warehouse districts in North America. Because of the importance of the structures and the many important historic themes they illustrate, most of the buildings are on the Conservation List or the Historical Buildings Inventory.